March 8, 2014 | by Chris Johnson
Carson: Gay people ‘don’t get to redefine marriage’

Ben Carson says gay people "don't get redefine marriage" at CPAC (Screenshot via YouTube).

Ben Carson says gay people “don’t get redefine marriage” at CPAC (Screenshot via YouTube).

A rising Republican star doubled-down Saturday on his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying gay people “don’t get to redefine marriage.”

Ben Carson, a conservative commentator and former neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, made the comments on stage during the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” Carson said. “But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”

Carson has a history of making inflammatory statements against gay people. Last year, he gave up his speaking role at a commencement ceremony for Johns Hopkins under pressure following controversial remarks he made on Fox News comparing gay people to advocates for bestiality and pedophilia.

On stage at CPAC, Carson denied he ever made such a comparison and said reporting on his televised remarks was a fabrication of the media, although he said to applause he still believes “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

“Of course they’re not the same thing,” Carson continued. “Anybody who believes that is a dummy, but anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy, that’s the problem.”

Carson made the controversial remarks last year when speaking to conservative commentator Sean Hannity about restricting marriage to unions betweens one man and one woman.

“It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society,” Carson said. “And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association,) be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”

Carson makes some of the extensive comments against same-sex marriage during an iteration of CPAC where Republican elected officials shied away from LGBT issues and conflict emerged among the conservative speakers on marriage equality.

Watch the video of Carson here (via Right Wing Watch):

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27 Comments
  • I'm Republican… And well I know history… Marriage was originally human trafficking… Men would pay parents for their daughters… Or they would pay people to take them because men have always been more value… Eventually it changed to marrying to unite two house hooks for power and wealth… And it wasn't until a few centuries ago that it was changed to marrying for love marrying someone you love for the rest of your life… Why isn't that emphasised if we're so hung up on the meaning of marriage why isn't divorce punishable by death…? Yeah marriage is a man made concept from greed and lust and turned into something that could be innately good… If conservatives the Christian variety actually believe that everyone was put here for a reason how do we know that they weren't here to teach is acceptance, humility, and tolerance… Just like trying to cohabitate with other race, creed, religions, or colors… Grow up people seriously

  • Longsuffering an acceptance is different people

  • Au contraire, religious fundamentalists and social conservatives don't get to tell the society at large just what constitutes marriage, either. If you're heterosexual, you get to marry the opposite sex person of your choice. And if you're LGBT, you get to marry the same sex person of your choice. There's no redefinition of marriage going on here. If you don't want to get gay married…then don't! And it's disingenuous of such people as this to tell us that marriage has to be for procreation. If that were the case, heterosexual couples who either can't have children or don't want to have children but who want to marry the person of their choice would not be able to, either. We don't need a vocal, hateful minority to define marriage for everyone.

  • Actually, according to christianity, no marriages are acceptable except those done in Christian churches in the name of Jesus Christ. All other marriages are blasphemous since they are a rejection of the teachings of the New Testament. But Christians would have an uphill battle trying of impose their strict definitions of "traditional" marriages. It's easier for them to pick on the tiny gay minority.

  • @sean, you are wrong dude, companionship and love has always been the main basis for marriage. Try not to rewrite history.
    @ron, same sex marriage is imbalanced for the kids at home. Its not ideal. A child needs the role and presence of both dad n mum. Gays tend to make a counterfeit of it by having their ‘dad’ and ‘mum’. *throws up*

    • no I am not wrong chika… They have not been… you should really learn how to read… open some history books… because “marriage” the term didn’t even come around till the late 12th century and marriage; dowry they were one in the same… I feel sorry for you naive people who ever thought it was for “love” before the renaissance… when humans were tribal creatures the concept of marriage was non existence it was the strongest male would always just breed with the females… there were no marriages… but yeah what happened before the 12th century when the term “marriage” never existed… but you keep living in your dream world and ignorance to how things really were… sigh…

  • Even if we give Mr. Carson a pass in his denial that he didn't compare gays to pedophilia and beastiaity, he does mention NAMBLA and beastiality at CPAC, so in essence he is a LIAR and idiot!

  • Hey we didnt re-define marriage – the coupliing of two people leagally who are in love

    We expanded access to it, as we did in 1867 for Afrcan Aericans and expanded it to inter-racial couples in the 16 remaining states with miscnegenation laws in 1967

    The conservatives had a fit, Mr. Carson, screeching they could NO LONGER PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF THE WHITE RACE.

  • And those old ideas are still found in some isalmic nations – woman property, married to a man she never met to cement tribal ties and used as a baby factory etc

  • Do I get to marry multiple wives and concubines? No? Would the doctrine of coverture apply to them? No? Then it looks as though we already have redefined marriage.

  • It was Christians who redefined marriage at every turn. We had all kinds of marriages before they started murdering everyone who wouldn't conform to their nonsense.

  • so sad-there is nothing lower than a bigoted black man-they have learned nothing-shameful

  • so sad-there is nothing lower than a bigoted black man-they have learned nothing-shameful

  • Virginia-what's funny? he is right. Actually forgot to mention that marriage never included mixed races until the 60s. So for Carson to be so bigoted-its shameful -thank god he and his kind will be dead in a few years I hope he runs for POTUS-that woudl be hilarious

  • Virginia-what's funny? he is right. Actually forgot to mention that marriage never included mixed races until the 60s. So for Carson to be so bigoted-its shameful -thank god he and his kind will be dead in a few years I hope he runs for POTUS-that woudl be hilarious

  • community college education at its finest

  • hmmm at one point – People marrying Inter-racially were considered trying Change marriage…….oh well, Mr Carson…..too late for you.

  • Norman you want to be me #female so i have do not have to even entertain you as being alive soo girl wanna be kill yourself

  • Girl he sure has not learn that some people just wanna go to hell

  • Virginia Toblesstobestress Wilkins -i want to be an ugly black woman? thats hilarious. I want to be a PRETTY black female.

  • in all seriousness, silly ignorant woman, I am a man and love being a man. Now kindly be quiet-in the bible, your god orders women to shut their mouths when men are around. Thanks And PLEASE-that overly caked eyeshadow makes you look cheap. See a gay man for makeup tips ASAP!

  • Norman i mean not a man like i said you wish lol in your feelings do you need a pad girl make up flawless not caked do not have to i am a very pretty black queen #trick you not about this life a wanna be female

  • Norman in the first place i was not talking to so you an due freaking or what ijs I'm quite sure if i said something to offend him he can respond his self girl it was thought an yes i have a college degree do you

  • Virginia Toblesstobestress Wilkins – a community college degree is not a real degree. Can you write a complete sentence? you havent yet….is english your third language?

  • Virginia Toblesstobestress Wilkins -translation please. Speak in your native tongue-I speak five languages so I'll be ale to understand you better that way.

  • see them…novices trying to downplay the bible, they have no spiritual insight to understand the bible, yet they remark as if they know how to interpret the bible intoto. *hisses* well done mr carson!

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